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Volleyball: Fivay keeps pressure on against Sunlake

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Tue. October 8, 2013 | Mary Kenney

HUDSON — Fivay’s Amber Lake and Skyler Doughty high-fived, wiggled their fingers at each other and let out a “woo.” The Falcons had won the first two games, taking the first with a lead of 12 points.

They wouldn’t cruise to victory, though, as district rival Sunlake charged back to take the third game and lead for the first half of the fourth.
Fivay (16-6, 8-0 5A-8) held on through a series of Sunlake errors to win the fourth game and the match, 25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19.

Falcons coach Nikki Pollock pulled the girls in when Sunlake (12-6, 5-2) led 9-8 in the fourth. Hitting too low and too wide was sinking both sides.

“We needed to keep pushing, to focus on our side of the net,” Pollock said. “We didn’t need to worry about what they were doing.”

Except for the first couple of points, the Falcons led the first two games without any interruptions. The third ended a run for what would have been their 12th shutout win this season.

The score pivoted between a one-point Fivay lead and a tie for most of the third game until a kill by Sunlake’s Sarah Sprague pulled the Seahawks to 19 points, one shy of Fivay, and set off a scoring streak. The Seahawks scored the next four points, shot long, then earned two more to take the game.

Sunlake seemed ready to turn it around. Outside hitter Maeghan O’Fray had six kills in the fourth game, and the Seahawks led until the Falcons tied it at 13.

Errors ended Sunlake’s push, though, giving Fivay another nine points. The Falcons earned back the lead at 14-13 and held on to take the match.

Middle blocker Ashleigh Nemetz led Fivay with 14 kills and six aces, and libero Courtney Costa led with 17 digs.

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